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2012 Olympics: Team uniforms cause problems

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27: Members of the Spain team parade through the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
Lars Baron
Members of the Spain team parade through the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012, in London.
Lars Baron

(CBS News) The U.S. Olympic team's uniforms were made in China, Spain's Olympians are ashamed to put their uniforms on and Egypt can't afford name-brand accessories.

These are some of the fashion problems that  Olympians are dealing with this year.

Reports that the Ralph Lauren-designed uniforms for the U.S. team were manufactured in China sparked congressional criticism of the U.S. Olympic Committee, but it was too late to change anything before the Games began.The uniform features blue blazer, cream-colored pants for men and skirts for women and a blue beret with red and white stripes.

The Spanish team had its own set of problems. Because of the country's severe economic downturn,  Spain's Olympic committee decided to save money on the team's uniforms and got them for free from Russian designer Bosco, reports NPR. But, as the saying goes, you get what you pay for. Spanish athletes have taken to Twitter to complain about their "ugly" outfits.

"I'd better not comment. I leave that to you," tweeted Spanish rower Saul Craviotto, who posted a photo of himself in his uniform.

Like Spain, Egypt couldn't afford uniforms and were going to wear knockoff Nikes, but Nike announced Friday it was donating its gear to the Egyptian athletes. The country's committee chairman said they'd turned to a Chinese distributor because the real thing was too expensive. But, the real Nikes aren't due to arrive until after the opening ceremony.